China and Russia are hoping to build a manned station on the Moon in just 13 years.
The Moon Station is part of a new US confrontational space agreement between the giants.
Both countries are expected to sign a formal agreement to build the base.
The core infrastructure is expected to be completed by 2035.
That would include key systems for life support and communications – as well as power for the base.
The station will be occupied by humans, who will conduct groundbreaking science on the surface of the Moon.
China and Russia have previously hailed this upcoming relationship, but are expected to sign the agreement later this year.
Before that, it hoped to send astronauts to the Moon by 2030.
This would be a first for the nation in space – long after the US Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
All 12 people who have walked on the Moon were part of the Apollo program. Dozens of men made their trips between 1969 and 1972.
China has visited the Moon by lander and submersible in recent years, but a manned mission remains an ambition.
America also has its own moon ambitions.
Nasa is currently preparing for its Artemis program, whose main goal is to return humans to the Moon.
It is expected that men (and for the first time) women will encounter at the Moon’s South Pole by 2025.
The first Artemis mission is scheduled to take place in March 2022.
It was an axisless lunar orbit and returned using the new Space Launch System (SLS).
Artemis II will fly in May 2024 with a plane carrying four people to follow the moon.
And Artemis III in 2025 is expected to be a 4-man orbiter to the moon and a 2-man lander on the moon.
In 2026, Artemis hopes to introduce the main habitat module of the Lunar Gateway, a small space station in lunar orbit.
And a follow-up mission in 2027 will add a refueling module to the portal.
The Moon Gate is a joint mission with Nasa and the European, Japanese and Canadian space agencies.
It is expected to be the first space station beyond low Earth orbit – in “deep space” – and the first to orbit the Moon.
Scientists hope the Moon Gate can reveal more about human biology in space, planets and astrophysics, and even Earth itself.
And the ultimate hope is that the Gateway can also help explore deeper into the Solar System, including the frequent human presence on the Moon and Mars.
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